How do crooked teeth affect your dental health?

22/03/2018

Crooked teeth are more than unsightly. They can cause serious dental problems, not to mention emotional issues.

There are several reasons why some people’s teeth grow crooked, overlapping, or twisted. Some mouths are too small for their teeth, which crowds the teeth and causes them to move. In other cases, a person’s upper and lower jaws aren’t thesame size or are not properly aligned. This can result in an overbite where there is excessive protrusion of the upper jaw, or an under bite where the lower jaw protrudes forward.

Crooked teeth can also cause:

Gum disease- Gum disease is a common ramification of crooked teeth. It develops when bacteria in our mouth forms into plaque.

Excessive wear- Crowded bottom teeth often cause one or more teeth to protrude, which can rub against your upper teeth. Over time, this can lead to undue wear of tooth enamel.

* Difficulty cleaning- Toothbrush bristles and floss have difficult time reaching the difficult areas between the teeth, which can lead to bacteria growth.

* Causes bad breath- Crooked teeth can cause bad breath. Unless you’ve just eaten an onion, bad breath is generally caused by lingering mouth bacteria, which can be difficult to eradicate from in between crooked teeth.

* Creates chewing difficulties- Protruding upper and lower teeth may rub together in a way that prevents normal jaw alignment, making it difficult to chew. 

A clear solution to crooked teeth!

Fortunately there is a solution for crooked teeth, a solution like Invisalign provides an easy, nearly transparent way to fix crooked teeth. Invisalign is a technology that uses retainer-like transparent aligners to straighten your teeth and/or align your bite. You much wear aligners for at least 22 hours per day, removing them only for eating or drinking. Then, every two weeks, you put in a new set of aligners to further shift your teeth.

Most Invisalign patients love that the technology doesn’t depend on bulky mental braces to correct their smile. In fact, most people don’t even realise a person is wearing Invisalign unless they’re told. 

Average Invisalign treatment lasts between 8 months and a year, but differs widely by individual case. 

To determine if you’re a good Invisalign candidate, set up a consultation with our orthodontist. 

Many people are surprised to find that crooked teeth can affect more than just their dental health, possibly affecting their emotional wellbeing as well. Straightening your teeth with a solution like Invisalign can improve your smile and help you live a happier healthier life. 

Studies have shown that a better looking smile increases the amount you smile, which can lower stress and improve cognitive ability. Having crooked teeth may reduce your confidence in your smile, thus reducing how much you show your pearly whites.